If you need to share files among other UW employees, you can restrict access so that anyone who accesses the files will have to login using their NetID and password. Creating this access list is complicated, and is described in a similar article: FAQ 977
In this article
, I will describe the procedure you would follow to open up access to anyone
on the internet, including people who do not have a NetID. Note that this is inherently insecure once you start handing out access, since you don't necessarily know who
wrote or modified a particular file.
You should never use this type of a folder to exchange executable
content such as .EXE or .DLL files.
The security of this system is accomplished only by the fact that people would not know where
the folder can be found unless you tell them. Nonetheless, it should be used with caution. If all the people that you are sharing files with are UW employees, you should definitely use the other method.
There is an additional security method (involving "Tickets") that can be employed within MyWebSpace, but that discussion is beyond the scope of this article.